Modernising EU development Policy
The panellists discussed key development challenges and tried to find out how the EU could address to them. The challenges in question included the democratic deficit and the problems it poses for development, lack of global economic stability and the financial crisis, lack of global leadership (in such fields as climate negotiations or financial transactions), demographic growth, lack of food security, deepening social inequalities, lack of gender equality, migrations.
Commissioner Piebalgs pointed to such key factors as credibility, transparency and aid predictability. He added that the state as institution should be supported, provided it is owned by a democratic society. Methods and mechanisms of EU assistance are equally important. In this context, work should begin on the joint aid programming of the EU as a whole, and on innovative systems of financing assistance. For the EU as a donor, cohesion remains key.
 Organizers: European Think-Tanks Group and Fondation pour Les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International (FERDI). Panellists: Paul Engel (ECDPM), Partick Guillaumont (FERDI President), Alain Henry (Head of Cabinet, Minister for Cooperation, France), Lindsay Northover (Government Spokesperson on International Development, House of Lords, United Kingdom), Andris Piebalgs (European Commissioner for Development), Tertius Zongo (Former Prime Minister, Burkina Faso). Moderator: Simon Maxwell (Overseas Development Institute).